Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Manhattan
Motorcycles offer fun and freedom, but they also are involved in many accidents. This is because motorcycles are smaller and less visible by other drivers. Motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to be killed in a crash than occupants of passenger vehicles.
Motorcycles are equipped with great features to help you avoid accidents. They have powerful brakes and grippy tires. Plus, you get excellent handling and the ability to see everything around you without obstructions.
By wearing a helmet, boots and heavy jackets, motorcyclists can protect themselves in the event of a crash. But this gear cannot do it all. Motorcycles offer no protection, unlike cars, which have metal surrounding them. Therefore, if they are involved in an accident, motorcyclists are likely to be seriously injured.
The injuries involved in a motorcycle accident can range from minor to life-threatening and even fatal. A person can suffer bruises, road rash, broken bones, disfigurement, amputations, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, and brain trauma.
Motorcycle accidents can occur in a variety of ways. Learn the most common ways in which a crash can occur so you can prevent one the next time you are out riding.
Entering a Corner Too Fast
Maybe you misjudged the tightness of the corner or were being a little too reckless and now you’re paying the price. Whatever you do, don’t slam on the brakes or hit the throttle. Keep it smooth and ride it out. In the future, slow down and be safe by only going as fast as you can see in front of you.
A Car Changes Lanes in Front of You
Motorcycles are small enough to fit in blind spots. This means that many motorists won’t see them as they prepare to change lanes. As a motorcyclist, this means you can easily get sideswiped by a vehicle in an adjacent lane. To avoid this, keep away from blind spots. Do not linger next to vehicles. If you see many people changing lanes up ahead due to slowing traffic, try to stay out of that area.
A Car Turns Left in Front of You
This is actually the most common type of motorcycle accident. Motorists are not programmed to see motorcycles, so it’s very common for them to turn in front of motorcycles, causing serious crashes. To avoid these crashes, you need to predict the movements of others. When entering an intersection, slow down, cover your brakes and see what other vehicles are doing.
Contact a New York Car Accident Attorney Today
Riding a motorcycle is fun, but it comes with risks. Those risks include serious injury and death. While helmets and the right equipment offer some protection, a motorcyclist can still be seriously injured.
Many motorcycle accidents are caused by the negligence of other motorists. If you have been injured in a crash, seek legal help from New York car accident attorney Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. He can assess your claim and hold the responsible parties liable. Schedule a consultation by calling (212) 240-9465 or filling out the online form.
In over a decade of legal practice, Attorney Michael Redenburg began his career defending cases for the clients of insurance companies. Initially defending no-fault claims at a Long Island-based law firm, he then moved on to a Manhattan-based firm where he defended the clients of insurance carriers in an auto accident and premises liability matters.